"Harry spun around to see Hermione pointing her wand at Ron, her expression wild: The little flock of birds was speeding like a hail of fat golden bullets toward Ron, who yelped and covered his face with his hands, but the birds attacked, pecking and clawing at every bit of flesh they could reach."

The Oppugno Jinx[1] (Oppugno) is a spell that directs an object or individual to attack the victim. This jinx will cause conjured creatures or other moveable objects under the control of the caster to attack the target.[2]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Dobby 1992-1993 school year This was the spell used by Dobby in one of Harry Potter's Quidditch matches to cause the Bludger to follow him interminably.[3]
Lord Voldemort 18 June, 1996 This spell was used by Tom Riddle on the glass shards against Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.[4]
Hermione Granger Autumn 1996

Hermione used this to set a flock of conjured canaries on Ron Weasley in 1996.[2]


Harry Potter 2 September, 1997 Harry used this spell non-verbally whilst escaping from Yaxley in the Ministry of Magic. The result was to cause the inserts for the Daily Prophet; which carried a picture of Harry with the headline "Undesirable No. 1"; to swarm on Yaxley and slow him down.[5]

Possible use

Caster(s) Date Notes
Minerva McGonagall 2 May, 1998 This may have been the spell Minerva McGonagall used during the Battle of Hogwarts to make a number of desks charge at the Death Eaters.


Oppugno is Latin, meaning "I assault".

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